Scholars working in the fields of memory studies, peace and conflict studies, human rights, and post-conflict are invited to attend an interdisciplinary symposium on Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation. This symposium will provide a forum for academic exchange, dialogue, debate, and public engagement on topics that are critical to the future of the world.
Come to Kigali, Rwanda to present your work, share your research, and generate knowledge in the fields of memory, reconciliation, and conflict transformation. The Symposium is hosted by SIT, January 10 – 13, 2012.
Call for Proposals: Scholars and practitioners in the fields of memory, reconciliation, and conflict transformation are invited to submit proposals for sessions on themes included but not limited to the following:
- Collective, public, social, and shared memory
- The ethics of remembering and forgetting
- Commemoration and remembrance
- Genocide memory
- Cultural memory and heritage
- Oral history and the culture of the witness
- Memory and the politics of identity
- Politics of memory and denial
- Civil society and dealing with shared violent pasts
- The pedagogy and ethics of teaching memory to diverse international cohorts
We welcome additional topics from a variety of case studies of conflict and post-conflict societies, dealing with shared violent pasts. Please be creative and collaborative. Panels can be on a specific theme or case study discussed. The objective is to explore together the meeting points of memory studies and of post conflict, peacebuilding, and reconciliation studies, and generate knowledge about the pedagogy and ethics in teaching post-conflict in a study abroad setting.
We welcome individual paper proposals and complete panel or round table proposals on themes related to the Symposium. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and include the main argument, the material used, and disciplinary discussions involved.
Abstracts should be sent by June 1, 2011 to Robin Bitters, Director of Institutional Projects via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, college or university affiliation, address, email, and phone. As noted above, abstracts should not exceed 350 words and include the main argument, the material used, and disciplinary discussions involved.
Structure of the conference:
Presentation of papers with focus on theorization, interdisciplinary research, various case studies.
- Educational excursion:
Site visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial with focus on pedagogy of teaching memory, peacebuilding, reconciliation, and social justice.
- Discussion and dialogue:
Ethics and pedagogy of teaching memory.
We will be making available more details soon at http://www.sit.edu/symposium.
Online registration will be available in June 2011.